Islamabad, July 20, 2017 (PPI-OT):With a view to further improve the functioning and performance of the various committees of the Senate and to evolve effective measures to make the committee system more vibrant and responsive to the needs and aspirations of the people, the Council of Chairmen, under the Chairmanship of Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani, held a brainstorming session on Tuesday at the Parliament and discussed various options in this regard.
The Council of Chairmen proposed constitution of a special committee under the Chairmanship of Leader of the Opposition in the Senate Ch. Aitezaz Ahsan to review the status of implementation of recommendations of different committees of the Senate. The Special Committee would comprise of Senators Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi, Syed Muzafar Hussain Shah, Hidayatullah, Taj Haider and Saleem Mandviwala as member.
Chairman Senate observed that the Senate Functional Committee on Government Assurances already exists which review the status of assurances given by the government on various issues. However, the Special Committee would review the status of implementation of recommendations of the Committees besides suggesting effective steps for resolving issues hindering progress on this account, the Chairman Senate remarked.
Secretary Senate Amjad Pervez Malik apprised the meeting about the implementation status of the decisions of the Council of Chairmen. He informed that Secretary Establishment Division was communicated on 25th January, 2017 and subsequently all the Secretaries were asked by the Establishment Division on 15th February, 2017 to ensure the presence of the officers in the Standing Committees meetings. Secretary Senate said that committees place the business on high priority which is referred by the House during the proceedings. A drafting unit under Justice (R) Muhammad Raza Khan has been constituted for legislative drafting thus providing the committees with required assistance.
Expressing his concern, Senator Shahi Syed said that, as Chairman of the Committee on Water and Power, a detailed report was prepared on K-Electric and now as Chairman of the Committee on Senate Standing Committee on IT a detailed report has been formulated on PTCL affairs but of no use. He said that true implementation of the recommendations of the Committee(s) remains a far cry. Chairpersons of various committees voiced serious concerns over non-implementation of the recommendations of the Committees.
The meeting was attended by Leader of the House in the Senate Ch. Aitezaz Ahsan besides Senators Syed Muzafar Hussain Shah, Saleem Mandviwala, Hidayatullah, Shahi Syed, Sajjad Hussain Turi, Tanveer ul Haq Thanvi, Nuzhat Sadiq, Prof. Sajid Mir, Advocate Daud Khan Achakzai, Kamil Ali Agha, Baz Muhammad Khan, Saeed Ghani, Col. (R) Tahir Hussain Mashhadi, Mir Israrullah Zehri, Hilal ur Rehman and Taj Haider. Secretary Senate Amjad Pervez Malik and other senior officers of the Senate were also present during the meeting.
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